Also: New music from Yuck, Meek Mill, Chromatics, Aesop Rock
Not nearly as many big-font bands represented this week, but definitely an intriguing mix of sounds. Enjoy!
Neneh Cherry & the Thing - "Dream Baby Dream"
It's long, but it's worth it. Float away with this. "The Cherry Thing" is out June 18 on Smalltown Supersound.
Beachwood Sparks - "Forget the Song"
Here's a name we haven't heard in ages. Beachwood Sparks is back with an interstellar country groove worth swimming in. "The Tarnished Gold" is coming June 25 on Sub Pop.
Ab-Soul featuring Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko - "Terrorist Threats"
The weirdest quarter of Black Hippy (the Los Angeles group also featuring Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock) tells us "If all the gangs in the world unite/ We stand a chance against the military tonight." Danny Brown, who is jumping on a track with every hipster-friendly rapper in sight, also shows up to spazz out.
Frank Ocean - "Whip Appeal (SBTRKT edit)"
"Whip Appeal" is probably the only new Frank Ocean song I haven't posted yet this year, and this reworking by SBTRKT seems like a fine time to resolve that lingering omission. (By the way, you can watch his full Coachella set from last night, including his cover of Bob Dylan's "Long Time Gone," on YouTube.)
Chromatics - "Back From the Grave"
If you haven't heard Chromatics' incredible, immersive surprise LP "Kill For Love" - which is streaming in full "for your undisturbed listening pleasure" - get on it. Classic rock fiends, I'm guessing you'll enjoy their album-opening Neil Young cover at the very least.
Maseo featuring Mac Miller - "I Bring the Soul & He Brings the Funk"
Normally I find Mac Miller somewhat obnoxious, skills or no skills. Here I find his lightweight stoner steez rather endearing. I guess that's what working with De La Soul will do for you.
Friends - "Mind Control (radio edit)"
Call me an old codger - or call me Dylan Baldi - but I am losing patience with the blogerrati fixation on dance pop and electronic music in general. Friends, though? I can get down with Friends because Friends sounds like a party, not some terrible outtake from the "Labyrinth" soundtrack. Debut album "Manifest!" is out June 5 on Fat Possum.
Aesop Rock - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Kids, long before there was A$AP Rocky, there was Aesop Rock. Now that his old label Def Jux is basically defunct, Mr. "Daylight" is back with a Rhymesayers LP called "Skelethon" coming July 10.
Yuck - "Chew"
"We chew it together." Yuck, indeed. Beautiful music, though.
Meek Mill - "Flexin' On Em"
In which Maybach Music Group's biggest wild card indeed flexes something fierce. "Flexin' On Em" is the lead single from "Dreamchasers 2," out May 7.